Sunday, January 15, 2017

Field Notes: Write It Out - New Writing Contests For 2017

Ohio Genealogical Society Writing Competition
1 January - 1 March 2017

OGS is sponsoring its genealogical writing contest to reward amateur and professional genealogical authorship and to fill the pages of its renowned journals with quality articles. All entries fitting the criteria will be considered for publication in Ohio Genealogy News (OGN) or the Ohio Genealogical Society Quarterly (OGSQ). Editors will select the appropriate journal for each winning article. Both OGS members and non-members are able to compete. Only unpublished entries are eligible.

Prizes will be awarded as follows:

$50 Grand Prize for highest scoring article (in either category) - one prize given
$25 Prize for next highest scoring article in each category - two prizes given
$15 Prize for next highest scoring article in each category - two prizes given

Articles must be properly cited following the guidelines in standard works by Elizabeth Shown Mills, MLA, or APA.

Entries will be accepted from 1 January 2017 through 1 March 2017 and must be submitted according to The Ohio Genealogical Society Writing Contest Rules and Style Guide available on the OGS website or by e-mail request to

For questions please contact

See full description HERE

2017 WMGS Writing Contest (Western Michigan Genealogical Society)
~ A Sense of Place ~

All family historians and genealogists, except the Michigana Editor and judges, are invited to submit their favorite story for the contest. There is no entry fee and membership in WMGS is not required.

Location, Location, Location
Our ancestors moved, settled and moved again. Place often determines occupation, educational opportunities, and even the materials used in building a home. For the 2017 WMGS Writing Contest, entries should focus on the Great Lakes Region (Michigan, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana, New York, Ohio, Ontario, and Pennsylvania). WMGS has worked for over 60 years to educate researchers in evaluating and citing sources. Your story may inspire someone else to use new research techniques or discover a unique resource. The 2017 Writing Contest will recognize unpublished excellent genealogical writing by awarding substantial prizes.

Prize winning entries will be published in Michigana. Like all submissions to Michigana, entries will be thoroughly edited before publication.

The prizes:
1st prize: $100 and 1 annual WMGS membership (total value - $120)
2nd prize: $75 and 1 annual WMGS membership (total value - $95)
3rd prize: $50
4th prize: $25

Winners will be announced in May.

We would love to hear your story. Write it up and enter the 2017 writing contest! Start your project now!  Entries will be accepted between January 1 & March 30, 2017. Full rules and entry information can be found on the downloadable and printable form HERE.

The Dallas Genealogical Society
2017 Writing Competition
January 1 - March 31, 2017

Seeking original material submitted by members and non-members, hobbyists and professionals. Length of articles may be from 1500 to 5000 words. Only original material not previously published elsewhere in any format is eligible. Winners are eligible for publication in Pegasus: Journal of the Dallas Genealogical Society.

Subject Matter: While DGS has a goal of preserving Dallas history, topics may range beyond the Dallas city and county geographic area only as specified below:

● advanced methodologies and case studies emphasizing an approach to a problem are not limited by geography
● family histories and genealogies must be linked to North Texas (as defined below), including those families who came from or left to settle elsewhere than North Texas
● historically interesting events in North Texas must include a connection with a local family
● histories of ethnic or military groups, or of neighborhoods and houses, must be specific to North Texas 

(North Texas: defined as the area that includes northern counties along the Red River from Fannin to Hardeman counties, eastern counties from Fannin to Limestone counties, southern counties from Limestone to Runnels counties, western counties from Runnels to Hardeman counties, with all interior counties within these boundaries; also counties which were included in the pre-Republic political boundaries of Nacogdoches.)

The historical time period covers from Pre-Republic days to the 1940 census.

First Prize: $500
Second Prize: $300
Third Prize: $150

Winners will be announced in May 2017 .

Complete contest rules can be found HERE. Entry form can be found HERE.

Do you know of other writing contests? Have you ever entered a writing contest? Please share your thoughts and/or experience!

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